Can Chickens Catch Human Diseases?


10 Years
Apr 19, 2009
Jefferson, Wisconsin
This may be a stupid question, but I've been wondering all day about it. So I'm home sick from work today, and I'm not sure what I have - nasty cough and congestion - I was exposed to bronchitis and swine flu last week (really hating sick people now.....). Can my chicks catch what I have?
Generally, human and chicken illnesses/viruses do not cross species (with the dreaded Avian Flu being one exception). H1N1 is still a bit of a mystery, but I think the risk is low. Wash your hands before and after handling any of the birds, their feed/ers or water/ers as a regular precaution (which you are probably doing anyway). Feel better, Lynn

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